Want to be a real hero? Uncover the best version of yourself.

A well-documented pattern of the Hero’s journey in myth and literature tells us that Heroes respond to a call, take a journey, conquer a dragon, find a treasure, and return to make their unique contribution to the transformation of the kingdom. As a Visionary, your call is the satisfaction you get from thinking out of the box and acting on what you imagine.

What are the skills Visionaries need to embark on the journey and realize your vision? To start with, figure out how to get others to work with you, and commit yourself to doing whatever it takes to be successful. In this process, you will learn who to trust and who to be wary of, to be able to identify people who might not come through as promised or who might try to hijack your idea.

To conquer your dragons, the Visionary must stay in the present. Visionaries find it a little hard to appreciate what already exists and instead tend to want to reinvent everything—without thinking about possible drawbacks that might destabilize the market or society. You need to know history—why things are as they are—and to try to put things in context.

As a Visionary, you have a unique ability to size up the world and its needs and, as theologian Frederick Buechner put it, to find the enterprise where “your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.” If you do that, you’ve found the treasure. In other words, you have a way of understanding what people need, even when they don’t know or have words for what that might be.

A Visionary’s talent for meeting the needs of the future through inventions, new social software, and different ways of seeing the world make you an indispensable global citizen – and that’s how you transform the kingdom. You will help realize the human dreams of peace, shared prosperity, social justice, and the right of individuals to experience “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”